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It's Time for Senator Johnson to Draw the Line PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:16

khan-familyMIDDLETON - Trump's continued attacks on the family of a fallen U.S. soldier, the latest in his pattern of discriminatory and derogatory comments, are an insult to gold star families across the country. Senator Johnson has said that he would pull his support for Donald Trump if he crossed a line, but he continues to support Trump's bid to be our next commander-and-chief.

ron-johnsonIn response to Johnson’s continued support for Trump in the wake of Trump’s latest comments, RFW Communications Director, Michael Tyler, released the following statement:

"Our gold star families should be honored, not slandered again and again by Donald Trump. Trump's vicious attacks have no place in our country, yet Senator Johnson continues to support Trump's campaign, and refuses to denounce Trump by name. Enough is enough - it's time for Senator Johnson to do what's right."

 
Russ Feingold Endorses Mark Harris for State Senate PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Harris for Wisconsin   
Monday, 01 August 2016 09:46

mark-harrisOSHKOSH, WI – Recently, State Senate Candidate and Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris received the endorsement of Russ Feingold.

“I am very honored to receive the endorsement of Russ Feingold, who is a well-respected legislator and a progressive champion,” said Harris in a statement. “Russ and I share the values of hard work, service, and integrity. We also care about many of the same issues, such as raising the minimum wage, improving access to clean drinking water, properly investing in infrastructure to provide the jobs we need, and giving every child the quality education they deserve. We are strongest when we stand together, and I am very honored to receive this endorsement.”

russ-feingoldFeingold released the following statement on the endorsement:

“I am proud to endorse Mark Harris’s campaign for State Senate. As a local leader who has served the area for decades, Mark is a phenomenal candidate to represent the Fox Valley in the State Senate. We both share a commitment to Wisconsin's future through increased investment in areas like public education and infrastructure. The 18th Senate District would be well served by having such a dedicated local leader in the State Senate.”

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Mark Harris is running in the 18th Senate District. Mark and his wife live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where Mark has served as Winnebago County Executive for three terms. During his time as County Executive, Mark has cut spending and reduced the debt with a commonsense bipartisan approach. Residents can learn more about Mark at harrisforwisconsin.com.

 
Families of Students with Disabilities Call on Sen. Johnson to Pull His Amendment Legalizing Discrimination PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Harry Hartfield   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:49

ron-johnson-speaksMADISON - On the anniversary of the signage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), families across the state called on Senator Johnson to pull his amendment allowing private schools to discriminate against students with disabilities.

In classic Washington fashion, Johnson buried an amendment in an appropriations bill that would prevent the DOJ from investigating private schools that receive vouchers but are not ADA compliant.

The amendment would allow taxpayer funded schools to discriminate against students with disabilities. While families of students with disabilities have lined up against the bill, it’s supported by the multi-millionaires financing Sen. Johnson’s campaign.

Parents of students with disabilities have come forward to urge Senator Johnson to withdraw the amendment. Here are just a few:

Kevin Fech, parent from Milwaukee

“My child has autism, but that doesn’t define who he is, and it shouldn’t define where he can go to school. Senator Johnson’s amendment means more closed doors and lost opportunities for my son and thousands of students with disabilities. There are so many challenges for students with disabilities, and our elected officials should be making it easier for them, not harder.”


AnnaMarie Moffit, parent from Madison

“I have a son with a significant disability. Because of his level of need, I have been told by private schools that they would not accept him into their program. His situation is no different than the thousands of other students who have been denied access and services due to the severity of their disability. Rolling back the ADA would only make things worse, as well as unsafe, for kids like him. For too long we looked for ways to push students with disabilities out of our schools. The ADA was meant to end that. It ensures the federal government protects students with disabilities and offers them the free high-quality education they deserve.”


Donna Puhalski, parent and advocate from Madison

“The ADA was a promise that a student’s physical disability would not prevent them from succeeding in the classroom. Senator Johnson’s amendment goes back on that promise. It is a slap in the face to families of students with disabilities who want the same options available to all families. Wisconsin taxpayers should not be forced to pay for schools that discriminate against students. The truth is, Senator Johnson knew this was a bad bill for students with disabilities that’s why he tried to hide it from Wisconsinites.”

 
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